Greetings from the Straits!

Now more than ever, your support, kindness, and patience as our valued guests is sincerely appreciated.

It’s obvious at this time, that we will not be embarking on our 75th season come April 21. That being said, please know that we are working continuously alongside local, state, and federal authorities to assure a safe and healthy plan for the 2020 travel season on Mackinac Island.

As an essential transportation company, our amazing freight crew has continued operations during this recent time of uncertainty. We’re grateful for their dedication in delivering much needed goods and services to the community of Mackinac Island. The decision of when and more specifically, how to resume passenger service is something to which we’re giving considerable thought. Our guests, our crew, and the community of Mackinac Island are all critical partners and please know that we value each of you equally and uniquely.

While we’re unable to offer any additional information on opening dates at this time, we wanted to assure you that once we are approved to put plans in place, you’ll be the very first to know.

Our motor vessels are impeccably clean and ready for launch. What minimal ice existed on Lakes Huron and Michigan has long melted. Our seasoned crew is well rested and eager to assist guests. In summary, it’s go-time for us when go-time is safe for you and we’ll be ready and eager to welcome you as guests of our 75th season.

On behalf of our entire crew, we thank you for being our longtime friends. Now more than ever, we look forward to seeing you. And until then, we wish you peace, happiness, and of course good health. Be well, friends and know that someday soon, we’ll be together.

Best Wishes,
William R. Shepler
Chris Shepler
Patricia Shepler Fuhrman
Billy Shepler